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3 Self-Care Tips for those Pursuing Community Services Worker Careers

July 13, 2016

 Self-care can help grads pursuing community services worker careers

The decision to pursue a community services worker diploma is a really amazing decision to make, given that this career path involves so much positive human interaction and altruistic action. Community services workers often work with those in the community who need help the most. From those who are dealing with addiction to others who may be battling disease, a community services worker is truly a local super hero making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. But in order to help others, one needs to ensure that they are in good shape themselves. In our rapidly changing world, with its busy schedules and expanding technology, keeping a proper balance can be difficult. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that community services workers can practice self-care.

Read on to discover three of the best tips for self-care in a community services worker role.

1. Meditation is a Great Way to Stay Balanced in Community Services Worker Careers

Meditation has been practiced for several thousand years for a reason—it is a very effective tool for eliminating stress! In addition, it’s also quite easy to get started. Begin by choosing a quiet and relaxing corner, it can be as simple as sitting in a favourite chair. Then, all you have to do is close your eyes and focus on your breathing. This will help you destress after a busy day.

This practice can even come in handy when studying towards your community services worker diploma. A recent Harvard study demonstrated via MRI imaging that meditation actually changes the physical make-up of the brain and boosted areas in charge of memory, self-awareness, introspection, and learning. Try it out during your studies and throughout your career so that you can feel focused and refreshed.

Meditation is a great way to alleviate stress

Meditation is a great way to alleviate stress and make sure your ready for the day!

2. Schedule Some ‘Me’ Time After You Become a Community Services Worker

When graduates enter their community services worker careers, they will often help those in their community that need it most. As you begin this rewarding career path, you’ll help clients from all walks of life battle addiction, navigate stressful crises, and more. And while the positive impact you have on your community will be its own reward, it’s important to remember to schedule in some “me” time too.

It can be difficult to schedule in some self-care time when you spend so much time caring for others, but it’s an important part of staying healthy and refreshed. Throughout your career, make sure to take the time to do the things that you love and make you happy. If you love baking pies, for instance, don’t put that off! If you enjoy concerts, make sure to allow yourself the time to do that too. Even if it’s just a relaxing walk or a quick coffee with a friend, scheduling in some personal time helps to ensure that your work/life balance remains intact.

3. Try to Maintain a Good Diet Once you Become a Community Services Worker

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly is important as it helps you reduce stress and boost energy levels. Countless studies have demonstrated that exercise lessens the impact of stress on the body and improves overall health. While it might be tempting, try to avoid staying up late, snacking on unhealthy foods, and other unhealthy habits that could sap your energy and leave you feeling drained.

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Diet and exercise can help keep you feel energized throughout your career

Meditating, maintain a good diet and taking the time to enjoy some “me” time are all smart steps to making sure you stay relaxed throughout your career as a community services worker.

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